Holiday Calorie Watch

The holidays are a time for us to come together and enjoy each other’s company. Most of the time our gatherings involve lots of well intended food, really tasty food! All of the special holiday items that are prepared or made available in restaurants seem to be more available to us at this time of year. Sometimes we feel as though we are grazing all day over the abundance of goodies we find around us.
Every scrumptious ...

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APPROVED DRUGS FOR SHORT TERM TREATMENT OF OBESITY

Four agents are available in the US for short term (12 weeks) treatment of obesity. They are diethylpropion, phendimetrazine, benzphetamine and phentermine. Any of these drugs may be used as an adjunct in a regimen of weight reduction based on caloric restriction in patients with an initial BMI of 30 kg/m2 or higher who have not responded to appropriate weight-reducing regimen.
The FDA has issued a consumer alert about over-the-counter weight-loss pills that contain undeclared, active pharmaceutical ingredients. ...

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Starting a Weight Loss Program before the Holidays

Many people comment that they will get started with their weight loss program after the holidays. The wiser person knows that getting started before the holidays and picking up some strategies on how to navigate the festivities, will enable them to be ahead of the game come January. Comprehensive weight loss programs do not promote avoiding the festivities but rather promote mindfulness about food and beverages.
At New Horizon, we specifically work with patients on finding the discipline ...

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Doctors to get Aggressive with Weight Loss

This year the American Medical Association (AMA) labeled obesity a disease and chances are good that your doctor will have the talk with you at your next visit. This time he/she may be a little more aggressive with their approach as the medical profession has issued new guidelines for fighting obesity.
As a minimum, your doctor should calculate your body mass index (BMI), do a waist measurement, tell you if you fall in the overweight or obese category and ...

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Obesity as a Chronic Disease State

2013 will be noted as the year that the American Medical Association (AMA) officially recognized obesity as a chronic disease state. As with any disease, options for medical care are available to help individuals manage their weight challenges and achieve a better health outcome.
The American Society of Bariatric Physicians “Obesity Algorithm” was also published this year and promotes a balanced approach to the weight loss effort of individuals. A multi-disciplinary approach addressing diet, physical activity, counseling and ...

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Weight Loss Covered by Insurance

New Horizon Medical Weight Loss: Medical Weight Loss services are covered by most major medical insurance carriers and Medicare. Cash payments are also accepted. Call New Horizon to learn about coverage and what kind of a weight loss program may be most suitable for you. 781-269-5400

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Doctors to get Tough on Weight Loss

Now that the AMA has labeled obesity as a disease, new guidelines are provided to doctors on their obligation to help patients lose weight. The next time you see your doctor, expect that your weight will be addressed. The medical profession is urging physicians to be more aggressive about helping patients lose weight.
The guidelines are straight forward and advise doctors to do the following:
1) Take height, weight and waist measurements, calculate BMI and tell the patient if ...

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Fats leading to weight gain and disease

People in the US get many more of their calories from fat than people from other nations. As a result, we find a growing number of obesity cases in the US. A gram of fat contains 9 calories, more than double the calories in a gram of protein or carbohydrate. When you combine this with processed carbohydrates, our bodies store fat calories at an accelerated rate. Fat is less effective than proteins and carbohydrates in satisfying ...

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Seafood Variety

Did you know that in America we consume on average about 16lbs of seafood a year and that almost all of it comes from only 10 species?
The most common species are tuna, salmon and shrimp. It’s interesting to know that fisheries haul in hundreds of species every day but discard most of the catch and hold onto the more common “marketable” species that we can all recite or be familiar with when we hear the name.
Mention Monkfish, ...

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Vitamin D and Sunscreen

 

The North East has seen widespread vitamin D deficiency as a result of people spending less time exposed to the sun.  Adequate amounts of sunshine enhance biochemical pathways which regulate the circadian rhythm in the body which is responsible for the production of vitamin D and is also needed to strengthen bones and boost the immune system.

Low levels of vitamin D are a risk factor for developing cancer.  Studies have shown that moderate sun exposure actually reduces the rate of skin cancer ...

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